When the Western Bulldogs sacked their coach and lost their captain along with their Brownlow Medallist in Free Agency many expected that we could have been seeing the beginning of the end for the club.
After finishing 14th on the ladder in 2014, the Bulldogs fired their coach Brendan McCartney and this set off a chain reaction of seemingly bad events as Ryan Griffen signed with the Greater Western Sydney Giants and Adam Cooney made the move to the Bombers.
While this would have ruined most clubs, it seemingly galvanised the men out at Whitten Oval as they began a new phase under new coach Luke Beveridge this season.
While many didn’t expect the Bulldogs to achieve much in 2015, the Dogs have come out and shocked the AFL world with an incredible season to date.
A huge win over the Bombers on Sunday propelled the team to fifth position on the ladder with 11 wins.
While it is safe to say that Beveridge inherited a list jam packed with talented youngsters, getting the most out of them was always going to be a challenge.
Beveridge has more than succeeded with that task as he has gotten some amazing football out of his list that includes budding superstars Marcus Bontemplli, Jake Stringer, Jack Macrae, Lachie Hunter, Jack Redpath, Mitch Honeychurch, and the newly recruited Tom Boyd.
The departure of their former skipper also saw the appointment of club stalwart Robert Murphy as their new captain and the man affectionately known as Bob has relished his opportunity at leadership and is having a great season.
Although they have a reasonably tough run home to the finals, the Bulldogs have already put themselves in a great position to be playing in September and with their talented list don’t be surprised if they cause an upset or two.
Expect this year to be just the first of many in the near future featuring the Bulldogs in finals because with their talented young list the sky is the limit.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget